Join the first ever Skype University Hackathon!

08.04.2015

StudyITin.ee in cooperation with Skype is organizing first ever hackathon for IT students and faculty members from Estonian universities.This is a 2,5 day event where you can make your crazy idea into something real. Get help from Skype engineers, connect with other bright IT students, build something amazing, and have fun!

Want to know more about the event? Join for the info seminar on Wednesday, April 8th16:00 at auditorium 315 in TUT IT building (Akadeemia tee 15a, Tallinn). Add Facebook event to your calendar.

Register to hackathon from here: http://aka.ms/SkypeUniHack

WHERE?

Hackathon is hosted by Tallinn University of Technology and will start and conclude in building of Cybernetics, Veenus auditorium (Akadeemia tee 21, Tallinn). Hacking will take place in IT building (Akadeemia tee 15a).

Mektory labs (Raja 15) are available to teams who want build a physical prototype. Transportation will be provided for participants from Tartu.

TEAMS, THEMES & AWARDS

Theme of the Hackathon: you can work on anything - app, physical prototype, academic project, solution for a problem that students have, etc. If you have an idea that needs to be made real - this is the best place to do it. But you don't need to have a project to join the hackathon - there will be plenty of ideas pitched at the start and you can choose which one you join. Each project must have a team of 2-5.

Skype award - all communications related projects will compete for Skype challenge prize.
StudyITin.ee award - all projects related to academic life will compete for StudyITin.ee scholarship.

OUTCOME

At the end of Hackathon you will have 3 minutes to present what you have done:

  • show a working prototype (software or hardware) with clear of explanation what it does;
  • presentation of an idea (if it takes more than 48 hours to make it real) with some work done - video presentation preferred.

BONUS

All participants are welcome to visit Skype office (Akadeemia tee 15b) and Mektory on Friday, before the event starts and hear from Skypers about working in Microsoft. Skypers will also join the Hackathon as mentors to help teams make their crazy projects a reality.

SCHEDULE (preliminary)

Friday, April 24th
12:00-14:30 Bus from Tartu to Tallinn
14:00-17:00 Visit to Skype office and Mektory
17:00-18:00 Gathering, participant registration
18:00-21:00 Hackathon launch, project pitching, team formation
21:00 Hacking starts!

Saturday, April 25th
Hacking throughout the day, mentors available
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Checkpoint #1
13:00 Lunch
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Checkpoint #2
20:00 Chill

Sunday, April 26th
Hacking throughout the day
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Checkpoint #3
11:00 Pitch drill
13:00 Lunch
17:00-20:00 Demo event, judging, award ceremony, celebration
20:30-23:00 Bus to Tartu

SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow the event on Facebook and Twitter. All approved participants can pre-pitch their ideas and connect with others on our participants-only Facebook group.

SOME LEGAL STUFF

The IP created during the Hackathon belongs to each team's members collectively. You need to sort it out between yourself, advisably before you start working.

We will be filming and shooting photos at the event to back up your awesome memories of innovation & fun we will be having together. By joining the event, you're giving us permission to use those photos and videos on our social media channels!

Please contact the organizing team with any questions you might have - SkypeUniHack@microsoft.com.

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